severed cow head and feet at meat market (india)

Severed cow head and feet, on the ground in front of a meat shop in Meghalaya (India)

It may sound strange, but in some regions of India, people do eat cows.­

I took this series of photos in a village in the East Khasi Hills, a region of the Meghalaya State in North-East India, inhabited by the Khasi people.­ Khasi people were animist but most converted to Christianity, and they do eat beef.­

In this village, several meat shops were selling beef meat and they displayed the severed heads of the slaughtered cows on the ground in front of their shop.­ They have no fridges so the animals are slaughtered early in the morning, and all the fresh meat and organs must be sold by the end of the day.­

For more info about the Khasi people, read en.­wikipedia.­org/­wiki/­Khasi_­people.

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National Highway 40, Pynursla, Meghalaya 793110, India

Photos taken in India in 2013

The highlight if this trip was the Maha Kumba Mela Hindu Festival, the largest human gathering on earth, which happens once every 12 years.­

Other regions visited include the springs of the Ganges river, Varanasi, the Konark sun temple.­

See also my photos of Nepal that I took the same year.­

Photos taken in meat markets around the world.­

Related series: Thit chó (dog meat and dog meat markets).

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